GSCSS announces high school graduation schedules, prom cancellations

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has announced the 2021 graduation schedule for Griffin and Spalding high schools and A.Z. Kelsey Academy. Also announced on Friday was the cancelation of proms for all Griffin-Spalding County high schools. The Griffin High School graduation ceremony will be conducted at 7 p.m. May 26 at Memorial […]

Griffin High teacher and coach Bart Pinckney dies

SHEILA A. MATHEWS  ::: Griffin High School Coach Bartonia “Bart” Pinckney has passed away following an extended hospitalization. Pinckney was a math teacher and coached football, basketball and track at Griffin High School. During his 13-year career with the Griffin-Spalding County School System, he also taught at Spalding High School and Carver Road Middle School. […]

Second local school shuts down in-person learning after COVID-19 outbreak

STAFF REPORT ::: For the second time in as many days, COVID-19 has caused the shutdown of in-person learning in a Spalding County school. The Griffin-Spalding County School System on Tuesday announced that Cowan Road Middle School students will be switching to remote learning for the remainder of this week. All students will resume virtual […]

COVID-19 disrupts Griffin High School in-person learning for remainder of week

STAFF REPORT ::: Positive COVID-19 tests for two Griffin High School staff members has resulted in the closure of the school for the remainder of this week. Griffin-Spalding County School System officials say those two staff members have been in close contact with a number of other staff members. As a precaution, the exposed staff […]

Griffin High students face felony, other criminal charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin High School students are facing multiple criminal charges – including one felony each – after a Thursday afternoon incident involving officers the Griffin Police Department. GPD Cpl. Chris Webb responded to GHS upon the request of Assistance Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, who reported a student causing a disturbance. “Wheeler was […]

School officials investigating video of Griffin High teacher shouting at students

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) is investigating a Monday incident in which a Griffin High School teacher was recorded giving an impassioned speech to some students. In the video, which is being widely shared on social media, the teacher, GHS Athletic Director Dr. Kennedy Holt, is heard telling the students […]

GHS students seen in online sex act will not face criminal charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin High School students have been administratively disciplined for engaging in a sexual act in online view of other students. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) Superintendent Jim Smith described the Tuesday incident as “behavior in violation of the student code of conduct” in an online classroom environment. In a letter […]

BoE approves appointment of new Griffin High principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Dr. Buford Tyrone Kellogg as principal of Griffin High School. Kellogg’s appointment was approved during a virtual special called Board of Education meeting. Kellogg has most recently served as principal of Putnam County High School for two years. Prior […]

GSCSS Superintendent to seniors: We’re on your side; proms, graduation not cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Jim Smith has released a video message to high school seniors, a message in which Smith warmly recalls his own experiences as a high school senior before addressing students whose senior year has been so distinctly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As he recounted his own momentous life […]

Local high school graduation ceremonies have not been cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors circulating that local high school graduation ceremonies have been cancelled are just that – rumors. Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System say that decision has not been made. “We haven’t made a decision on graduation. We have not decided anything on graduation ceremonies as of yet,” said GSCSS Executive […]

Dr. Rochelle Lowery appointed GHS interim principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed Dr. Rochelle Lowery as interim principal of Griffin High School. Lowery currently works for the Dekalb County School District. Lowery will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year while officials being the search for a permanent GHS principal. Dr. […]

Local high school students compete in Skills Competition

STAFF REPORT ::: Students from Griffin and Spalding high schools and the Griffin Regional College & Career Academy recently participated in the Central Georgia & Southern Crescent Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge held in Macon. The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) joined forces with Sheridan Construction and Swofford Construction to host construction students from 19-area high […]

GPD Cpl. Chris Webb reprimanded for conduct during GHS dress code incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Cpl. Chris Webb, of the Griffin Police Department, has been formally reprimanded for his conduct during a September incident at Griffin High that resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old LaShonda Thomas and her 15-year-old son. Both mother and son face charges of disorderly conduct in the incident that stemmed from an […]

Mother and 15-year-old GHS student face charges of disorderly conduct

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 15-year-old Griffin High School student and his mother, 35-year-old Lashonda Thomas, will face charges of disorderly conduct after an alleged verbal altercation on school grounds. According to the incident report filed by Griffin Police Department Cpl. Chris Webb, Thomas was called to the school because her son was allegedly in […]

Kareem Reid named GHS Bears head football coach

STAFF REPORT ::: Kareem Reid has been named Griffin High School Bears football head coach. According to a press release issued by the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the Board of Education on Monday afternoon voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation of Reid as head coach. Board of Education Member R. Syntel Brown was not present […]